Ascent of Salsberry Peak on 1995-11-11

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, November 11, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Salsberry Peak
    Elevation:4255 ft / 1296 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named for Jack Salsberry a mining operator and promoter who was active for twenty years from Ubehebe to Greenwater and Leadfield. He bought an interest in the Carbonate Lead Mines at the foot of the Panamints south of Galena Canyon and completed the road over what is now Salsberry Pass in 1913 to haul out the ore. The mine was the second most productive lead mine in Death Valley and was worked up to the early 1930's. (Lingenfelter, p. 416)

With the expansion of Death Valley National Park in 1994 the peak now lies entirely within the park. No permits are needed for hikes to the summit.

From Baker drive north on route 127 to Shoshone. Continue through town and then 1.7 miles north turn left (W) onto route 178 toward Death Valley. From this junction go west and then southwest across the south end of Greenwater Valley and then over Salsberry Pass. Hiking from the pass is not recommended as the terrain is rugged with lots of hills. The route described here starts on the highway SW of the peak. Parking is limited along the shoulder of the road and an alternative is to park on the road that goes to Ibex Peak. At about a mile west of the pass and 12.0 miles from route 127 turn left (S) on a dirt road. This turn is 0.1 miles west of the 3000 ft. elevation sign on the highway. Follow the dirt road as it parallels the highway and park along the road where it turns left (S) after 0.4 miles. Start the hike by walking west on the highway for about 1/4 mile then go NNW across the slopes coming off the mountain. After about 1.4 miles enter the large arroyo that goes NE and then north to the east side of the summit. UTM here is about 548800E, 3976050N (NAD27). Follow this arroyo all the way up to the ridgeline then turn west up the ridge and reach the north summit. There was a cairn and register on the south summit which is about 400 ft. away. The black rocks between the twin summits appear to be the high point. The hike is 3 miles one-way with a gain of 1470 ft. and takes about 2 3/4 hours. The return to the cars can be done in about 1 1/2 hours. 11/95 RLC
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